Those who love Japanese food, raise your hand! I am sure that a lot of people would agree with me when I say that Japanese food is one of the best cuisines in the world. Light and yet tasty at the same time, Japan’s cuisine is known all over the world.
I suppose that is why a lot of attention has been placed on how the Japanese go about cooking and manufacturing food. Recently, a report was released by Research and Markets. Titled “Japan’s Innovative Food Manufacturing & Processing Technology 2008,” this report highlights the juxtaposition of world class cuisine and technology. Perhaps this report would be of interest to those in the culinary sector or even to the average curious person.
What is contained in the report? Marketwatch provides some info:
1. Food Technologies
Production/processing, freezing, sterilization, inspection, quality control/freshness control, cooking, mixing, heating, separation, analysis, taste recognition, measurement, washing, detection technologies, etc.
Some specific examples of articles featured:
– Shirako Kamaboko-ten explores potential of nano-bubble water
– Kumamoto University develops a revolutionary ultra-fast freezing technology
– K Pack uses electricity to sterilize salad dressing
All articles feature excellent examples of advanced technology.
2. Food Ingredients & Additives
This section introduces excellent new food ingredients and additives, such as:
– SPM-rich milk ceramide developed by Snow Brand Milk Products
– Functional food material with anti-allergy effect developed by Nippon Meat Packers
– Pine fiber from Matsutani Chemical Industry with fat lowering function
3. Food Processing Equipment
An introduction to food processing equipment including dough sheet cutters, peeling equipment, sushi makers, machines for making Chinese-style dumplings, wrapping machines, noodle/pasta making equipment, milling devices, flour milling machines, heat sterilizing systems and pulverizers.
It seems like a lot of the information leans towards the manufacturing industry, doesn’t it? Still, the fact that this aspect has been studied so thoroughly speaks well of both the food and technology of The Land of the Rising Sun.